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North Macedonia

Like other countries in the Western Balkans, Macedonia has a big youth unemployment problem. Helvetas’ efforts focus on job market development and vocational training. We also advocate for the preservation of biodiversity in eastern Macedonia.
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  • Capital
  • Area
    25,713 km²
  • Poverty rate*
    1% of the population live under the poverty line of $1.90 per day
    Rank: 82 out of 188
  • Population
  • People supported per year
  • Thematic focus
    Environment and Climate Change
    Skills Development and Education
    Governance, Peace & Migration
* Source: UN Data

The Western Balkans are booming. Despite the economic growth, however, youth unemployment remains a widespread problem, running as high as 50% in large parts of Macedonia. Dim future prospects induce many young Macedonians to seek work abroad, which only exacerbates the situation they leave behind because companies can’t find skilled workers.

Employment for young people

This is why Helvetas supports cross-border labor market development in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia) to create jobs for young people in particular. We focus our efforts not only on stimulating the private sector, but also on boosting job-hunting services such as online employment portals. We are also heavily involved in vocational training in Macedonia, where Helvetas has been active since 2003. Vocational schools and other education providers join forces with companies to develop and implement practically oriented curricula.

Biodiversity and conservation

Helvetas is also involved in a program for conservation and biodiversity in the region around the Bregalnica River. We are promoting ecologically sustainable agriculture and soft agritourism, thereby creating jobs while safeguarding a unique natural landscape with a variety of flora and fauna.

Visit the website of Helvetas Macedonia.

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Our Projects in Eastern Europe

 If you would like to know more about our work in Macedonia, click on each project for details.

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Kosovo, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

Jobs for Young People

Albania, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Building Confidence in Local Government

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Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eastern Europe Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets and Jobs

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Albania, Serbia, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Social Sciences for a Better Society

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North Macedonia, Eastern Europe Environment and Climate Change

Getting Biodiversity on the Agenda

Albania, Eastern Europe Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets Work for the Youth

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Kosovo, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

Matching Skills with Demand in the Labor Market

North Macedonia, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

Market-Oriented Education for a Prosperous Society

Kosovo, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Building a Democratic Kosovo

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Albania, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Strengthening Local Governance for Empowered Citizens

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

Empowering Youth to Build a Better Future in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Serbia Governance, Peace & Migration

ACT for a Stronger Civil Society

Skills Development and Education

Lack of education perpetuates inequality because poor countries cannot compete economically without a skilled workforce.

Governance, Peace & Migration

In many countries where we work, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes.

Environment and Climate Change

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people adapt to climate change, reduce the risks of disasters, sustainably manage natural resources, and conserve nature.

Helvetas Eastern Europe Unit
Maulbeerstr. 10
3010 Bern

Phone:+41 31 385 10 10
E-Mail: easterneurope@helvetas.org